Daily Mail Review

This dramatic story of country house seduction, attempted murder, forbidden love, fire and betrayal, set in the 18th century, should be turned into a television series immediately.

There is a violent horse-and-carriage accident at the beginning of the narrative – killing some, maiming others – after which Sir William Keyt, master of Norton House, is depressed. Only the local barmaid Molly brings a smile to his face. Ah! He will employ her as his wife’s maid. He seduces the wench, who then falls in love with his son. Terrific! It would be comical if it weren’t true. 

Debut author Caroline Sandon, who lives at Burnt Norton in Gloucestershire, buried herself in the family archives and traced the true story of how the original house, belonging to the Keyt family, became known as Burnt Norton.  She then wrapped the truth inside this pacey historical novel. Bravo!